NEW PROJECT RELEASE: New AJ+C designed tennis centre opens in game, set and match for Blacktown
media release 26.08.16

NEW PROJECT RELEASE: New AJ+C designed tennis centre opens in game, set and match for Blacktown

The latest in a series of sporting facilities designed by award-winning firm Allen Jack+Cottier (AJ+C) is to be opened in Western Sydney – allowing the ‘sporting city’ of Blacktown to compete for and host major regional tennis tournaments for the first time.

Launched tomorrow, the facilities include extensions to the existing Blacktown Leisure Centre Stanhope (doubling its indoor courts from two to four and creating additional services), a new two-storey tennis centre and 16 outdoor courts, including a centre court with permanent seating for more than 360 spectators.

Commenting on the design, Blacktown Mayor Stephen Bali said: “I was extremely keen, as was my predecessor, to have a full centre court. The way AJ+C has delivered this, with the building looking on to it and featuring a series of ‘corporate boxes’ overlooking it, gives the space a fantastic ambience. The way this area then flows through to the existing and new facilities make this the jewel in the crown for the city’s sporting assets.”

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Media Release: AJ+C multipurpose sports hall wins top NSW educational architecture award
media release 4.07.16
Judith Poole Sports Hall and Sports field

Media Release: AJ+C multipurpose sports hall wins top NSW educational architecture award

The most recent in a series of international-award-winning sports halls designed by Sydney firm Allen Jack+Cottier (AJ+C) has been named NSW’s best new educational building.

Abbotsleigh’s Multi-purpose Assembly and Sports Hall and Sports Field was awarded the State’s top William E Kemp Award for Educational Architecture at the AIA’s 2016 NSW Architecture Awards in Sydney last night. Designed by CEO Michael Heenan, the hall was described as exhibited “excellence” in multiple ways.

The honour is the latest in a run of awards over the past decade for AJ+C’s sports facilities, including the Milson Island Indoor Sports Hall, Berry Sports and Recreation Centre, and the Lake Ainsworth Sports Hall.

Presenting the award, the AIA jury said: “The excellence of this building can be accounted for on many registers. Its sustainability credentials are significant and include sensate site positioning, the use of life cycle cost benefit considerations, the demand for natural light and ventilation, energy conservation and performance criteria, and the substantial resuse of roof captured rain water. Formally, the building acknowledges the thermodynamic modelling used in the development of the internal environmental performance of the building. In relation to its urban context the project achieves significant gains for the school through the creation of a nuanced and renewed relationship to Ada Avenue to the east. The significant height demand of sports such as netball, indoor tennis and basketball has been carefully addressed and remediated through the use of facades treated with louvres and screens. This project’s real achievement however is in its creation of incredibly comfortable spaces to inhabit, which the housing of school sports facilities typically does not support. Internally the building is visually warm and day lit, and a visual and sensorial connection to the outside is constant. Natural cross ventilation ensures that both the sound and the scent of the blue gum forest is never far from the game, while the soaring height of the interior spaces are both inspiring and engaging.”

Mr Heenan said it was an honour to be selected, particularly given the strength of new tertiary, secondary and primary buildings across the State, pushing boundaries to produce education facilities of extraordinary quality.

New Project Release: The Chancellery WSU
media release 15.03.16
The Chancellery (WSU)

New Project Release: The Chancellery WSU

New Chancellery for an internationally focussed Australian University: Meeting Place, Workspace & Art Gallery

Allen Jack+Cottier’s sophisticated new fit-out for The Chancellery at Western Sydney University (WSU) takes workspace design to another level. It is an uplifting, inspiring and active hub with sharp, clean lines, warm native timber, subtle lighting, beautiful artworks and contemporary furniture. This part administrative office, gallery, and meeting place has been designed to reflect the Chancellery’s pivotal role within the university, and its growing presence in the international academic community.

Director (Architecture + Interiors) Scott Norton, who led the design team speaks of AJ+C’s approach, “Our starting point with good workplace design is that it has to work at a practical level, whilst reflecting the vision and aspiration of our client. In this case, we were very fortunate that the Vice Chancellor clearly understood the value of good design.”

The space is centrally sited in the WSU Parramatta campus, occupying a floor with eastern, northern and western facades, affording district views over the campus green and beyond. “Working with a building with low floor to ceiling heights of 2.4m and a requirement to maintain all the existing infrastructure and services was very challenging. As was controlling the balance of natural and artificial light. But this generated the most innovative solutions and the result is an elegant interior that works well functionally, and feels very special.” – Scott.

It was important for public and private spaces to be clearly delineated. To achieve this, AJ+C created an undulating timber wall, clad in timber battens, running the length of the fitout. On one side are the public spaces, the other private. Visitors to the space have free access within the public areas creating an open and collaborative atmosphere. The public spaces make up a large proportion of the floor area recognising the importance of the Chancellery’s relationships at many levels.

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